AMC Networks announced a new spinoff series set in The Walking Dead Universe featuring Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). This would be the sixth series in the TWD franchise. The six-episode show titled Isle of the Dead is set to premiere on AMC and AMC+ in 2023.
The Walking Dead Universe chief content officer Scott Gimple will oversee the new project while showrunner Eli Jorné, a writer-producer of The Walking Dead and STARZ’s Heels, will serve as executive producer along with Cohan and Morgan.
“Eli has created a chaotic, beautiful, grimy madhouse of the dead for Negan, Maggie, and fans of the show eager to discover an unseen and insane world of the TWD Universe,” Gimple said via AMC. “Lauren and Jeffrey have always been fantastic collaborators and now, we bring that collaboration to the next level with a series that will take these characters to their limits with the world — and each other. All of us are thrilled to take you on an all new, all different TWD epic for the ages.”
The Walking Dead Universe: Isle of the Dead Details
Isle of the Dead will feature Maggie and Negan into a storyline that will have them traveling together into a post-apocalyptic Manhattan that is cut off from the mainland. The metropolitan city is crumbling and filled with the dead and the living. New York City has become its own world “full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.”
“I’m thrilled to partner with Dan McDermott and the team at AMC on the next chapter in The Walking Dead Universe,” said Cohan, who has played Maggie Rhee (née Greene) since Season 2 in 2011. “Maggie is very close to my heart and I’m excited to continue her journey against the iconic backdrop of New York City, alongside my friend and collaborator, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Eli Jorné has created something incredibly special and I cannot wait for the fans to see what we have in store for Maggie and Negan.”
Here’s what Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who has played Negan since 2016, had to say about the show set in The Walking Dead Universe – “I’m delighted that Negan and Maggie’s journey continues. It’s been such a ride walking in Negan’s shoes, I’m beyond excited to continue his journey in New York City with Lauren. Walkers in an urban setting has always been such a cool image, but 5th Avenue, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty? The greatest city in the world?? The backdrop is amazing, but it’s the story that Eli Jorné cooked up that is even better. Buckle up folks, Isle of the Dead is going to reinvent the TWD Universe. Huge thank you to Dan McDermott, Scott Gimple and AMC for having us back for more… we simply can’t wait.”
After the conclusion of the two-season limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond last year, AMC is set to premiere the anthology spinoff series titled Tales of the Walking Dead this summer and the untitled Daryl and Carol spinoff starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride in 2023.
The Walking Dead is in its eleventh and final season and is currently broadcasting on AMC and streaming on AMC+.